What is the benefit of a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)?
PTE is really the only way to cure chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). The surgery is successful in the majority of cases, either relieving breathing issues completely or improving them greatly.
What are the risks of a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)?
There are risks with any procedure, but experienced teams have a low rate of mortality. Of course you will have pain to manage immediately after the surgery. A condition called pericardial effusion (fluid build-up around heart) does happen sometimes.